AAFP Honors Two with Congressional Primary Care Champion Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Contact:
Leslie Champlin
American Academy of Family Physicians
913-906-6252
lchampli@aafp.org

LEAWOOD, Kan. — Two congressional leaders were recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians this week when they received the Congressional Primary Care Champion Awards.

Honored were Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., who represents Illinois’s 10th District, and Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-NY, who represents New York's 21st District.

The award is given to recognize members of Congress who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in advancing public policy that promotes the value of family medicine and primary care to individuals, families, and our health care system. It commends exceptional individual leadership.

The AAFP is pleased to honor Reps. Schneider and Stefanik. They are the bipartisan sponsors of the Primary Care Patient Protection Act, which would help individuals and families maintain a relationship with their primary care physician at a time of ever-increasing deductibles. It’s a commonsense approach to help families maintain health and avoid costlier health care encounters.  Reps. Schneider and Stefanik also have co-sponsored H.R. 2439, the Opioid Workforce Act of 2019.”

Rep. Schneider has emerged as a leading voice for commonsense reforms to our health care system that promote access to affordable health care for all Americans.  He continues to promote policies affect Medicare, women’s health and improvements to the Affordable Care Act.  He also has been a leader in drawing attention to the health consequences of changes in our climate.

Rep. Stefanik is a nationally recognized leader on health care issues.  She has introduced legislation to assist veterans, secure access to care in rural communities, and support community health centers. In addition, she has become a vocal advocate for increasing access to obstetrical services in rural communities and the need to support families and caregivers who are providing care and support to Alzheimer’s patients.

 

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Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 134,600 physicians and medical students nationwide, and it is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five of the total medical office visits in the United States per year – more than any other specialty. Family physicians provide comprehensive, evidence-based, and cost-effective care dedicated to improving the health of patients, families and communities. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing and personal patient-physician relationship where the family physician serves as the hub of each patient’s integrated care team. More Americans depend on family physicians than on any other medical specialty.

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